REDD Web Platform: GOFC-GOLD
GOFC-GOLD is a panel of GTOS (Global Terrestrial Observing System) and its overall objective is to
improve the quality and availability of observations of forests and land cover at regional and global
scales and to produce useful, timely and validated information products from these data for a wide
variety of users.
methods and procedures for monitoring, measuring and reporting
This sourcebook is the outcome of an ad-hoc REDD working group of GOFC-GOLD (Global
Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics) that has been active since the initiation of the
UNFCCC REDD process in 2005. It provides a consensus perspective from the global community of
earth observation and carbon experts on methodological issues relating to quantifying carbon
impacts of implementation activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in
developing countries (REDD).
The Sourcebook is now available under the Doha COP 18 Version. It is to be understood as a
living document. Further methods and technical details can be specified and added with
evolving political negotiations and decisions. Respective communities are invited to provide
comments and feedback to evolve a more detailed and refined technical-guidelines document in the
of National Forest Monitoring Capabilities in Tropical Non-Annex I Countries: Recommendations
for Capacity Building (1326 kB)
In partnership with the Government of Norway, GOFC-GOLD has carried out a study to understand the
needs to monitor REDD in the world's tropical forests. This study examines, in
99 tropical non-Annex I countries, the current monitoring capabilities and the availability of
remote sensing data and makes specific recommendations for the near term capacity development
activities that would be required to implement an accurate forest area change and carbon monitoring
system. Link to study website.
A. Angelsen, M. Brockhaus, W. D. Sunderlin, & L. V. Verchot (2012). Analysing REDD+
- Challenges and choices. CIFOR report. Bogor, Indonesia.
Herold, M., Román-Cuesta, R. M., Mollicone, D., Hirata, Y., Van Laake, P., Asner, G. P.,
Souza, C., et al. (2011). Options for monitoring
and estimating historical carbon emissions from forest degradation in the context of REDD+.
Carbon balance and management, 6(13), 1–7. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-6-13
Herold, M., & Skutsch, M. (2011). Monitoring, reporting and verification for
national REDD + programmes: two proposals. Environmental Research Letters, 6, 014002.
Hosonuma, N., Herold, M., De Sy, V., De Fries, R. S., Brockhaus, M., Verchot, L., Angelsen, A., et
al. (2012). An assessment of deforestation
and forest degradation drivers in developing countries. Environmental Research Letters, 7(4),
044009 (12pp). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044009
Kissinger, G., Herold, M., & De Sy, V. (2012).
Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation: A Synthesis Report for REDD+ Policymakers (p.
26). Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Mora, B., Herold, M., De Sy., V., Wijaya, A., Verchot, L. and Penman, J. (2012) Capacity
development in national forest monitoring: Experiences and progress for REDD+. Joint report by
CIFOR and GOFC-GOLD. Bogor, Indonesia.